“ I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor.” Steven Spielberg.

5 Fabulous Dartmoor Days Out (and more besides!)

Half Term is nearly upon us, so we’ve had a look at some of the fun events that you can enjoy on and around Dartmoor, and listed five of them below.

If these don’t capture your imagination, fear not – there are dozens of others! Have a look at our Active Dartmoor section for inspiration!

Try one of the lovely Circular Walks or take the family along to one of the many Family Attractions Or book a free guided walk (2 to 3 hour walk around Bellever Forest moorland site, learning about the ponies, the environment and the ancient people who lived here) from the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust.

Everyone loves a meal out during a day trip or holiday, so don’t forget to  look at our Delicious Dartmoor pages, we even have a Delicious Dartmoor Map to make life easy for you!

If walking near or playing in water is your idea of a great day out, then check out South West Lakes locations, from Burrator to Roadford to Avon Dam.Read more..

Love riding horses and seeing the Dartmoor Ponies? Explore the moor on horseback from one of the superb Riding Stables who cater for beginners to experienced riders.

We have all sorts of Guided Walks, from Llama Walks to Letterboxing, from Painted Rocks to Dowsing. Take a look HERE!

Dartmoor welcomes well-behaved dogs, we have a blog with lots of information on Dog Friendly Dartmoor which you may find useful. (This was written last year, update is that sadly Skye is no longer with us, but a little chocolate Labrador puppy is now keeping us busy. You can follow her progress in Maisie’s Adventures blog posts!)

Finally – stay for a few days, there’s far too much to do in just one day! Our Accommodation is second to none whether you love complete hotel luxury or enjoying the freedom of a self-catering cottage.

Keep an eye on our What’s On pages for October, more events are constantly being added.

Have fun and enjoy every minute when you Visit Dartmoor!

Halloween Spookfest!

The Garden House, Buckland Monachorum, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 7LQ

Tel: 01822 854769

26th Oct 5.30-8pm

From ghoulish walks to batty trails, ghastly ghosts and eyeballs that watch your every move – we’re looking for brave souls to join us at the Garden House Spookfest! There’ll be a ghoulish parade, pumpkin carving, face painting and frightful games in the dark, ever so spooky garden…

Adults go free, but tickets for their ghastly children are £5 (under 16), with a percentage of profits going to Children’s Hospice South West.

This special spine tingling Halloween in the garden is not to be missed!

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Family Activity ‘Drop in Day’

Burrator Discovery Centre, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6JE

Tel: 01822 855700

22nd October 10-3pm

Each day will involve a themed nature trail, woodwork, environmental art and outdoor cooking around Burrator Discovery Centre. Wear outdoor clothing.

The jewel of Dartmoor, Burrator encompasses dramatic tors, open moorland, historic settlements and a Nature Reserve. Located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Burrator Reservoir offers a unique day out for families, nature enthusiasts, historians and Dartmoor lovers alike.

Uncover history in the on-site Discovery Centre, which opened in 2014 as part of the Burrator Historic and Natural Environment project. See displays, spoken history and an interactive screen, engaging all ages, from toddlers to grandparents. Read more..

Bounce at the Park

River Dart Country Park, Ashburton, Devon, TQ13 7NP

Tel: 01364652511

Thursday 24th October, 9am – 5pm.

Bounce at the Park returns in 2019!

A day of fun-filled bounce sessions with a range of exciting inflatables to choose from!

Limited Early Bird Tickets Available:

Age 5+ £6.00 per person

Age 3 – 4 £3.00 per person

Dogs £4.00 each

Group of x3 for Ages 5+ £18.00

(Note: Bounce at the Park ticket gives you all-day access to the extensive adventure playgrounds at River Dart Country Park. Dare Devil activities at additional cost)

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Half Term Halloween Fun at Canonteign Falls

Canonteign Falls, Christow, Nr Exeter, Devon, EX6 7HD

Tel: 01647 252434

25th Oct 1-6.30pm

Join us for an afternoon of spooky fun! There are Halloween craft activities in the cafe from 1pm then from 3pm we have a Spooktacular spells and potions interactive theatre event with the fantastic witches of The Pocket Watch Theatre Company in the barn followed by a night walk around the lake and lower waterfall …if you dare! Perfect for children aged 4 upwards! All activities included in the supplementary £4 ticket price.

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Jazz Afternoon Tea

Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor, Devon, PL20 6SW

Tel: 01822892300

Sunday 27th October 3pm – 5:30pm

Enjoy a very civilised Sunday afternoon at the Two Bridges Hotel, with a traditional afternoon tea served with a generous helping of live jazz.

Choose our traditional full afternoon tea, or add a glass of fizz for a special Sunday treat. Either way, you can look forward to great live jazz from local duo Fine Whines.

Three-times winners of Musician of the Year awards with Walt Disney Cruise Line, vintage jazz duo Fine Whines play classic American songbook, interspersed with some Dixieland jazz as well as Big Band classics.

Do come to tea with Fine Whines!